New Kansas Traffic Laws Take Effect July First

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

Topeka, KS (WIBW) - Two new laws will take effect in Kansas on Wednesday. "These new laws are vital to the safety of motorists on our roads and it is important that drivers are aware of the changes that will become effective this week," Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Terry Maple said.

The new "Right Lane Law," or Senate Bill 145, makes it illegal to linger in the left lane outside of city limits. There are a few exceptions:

Overtaking and passing another vehicle;
Preparing to make a proper left turn;
Otherwise directed by official traffic-control devices; or
Otherwise required by other provisions of law. (e.g. Stopped emergency or maintenance vehicles)

The second law going into effect Wednesday is called the "Move It Law" or HB 2147. This law mandates that motorists involved in non-injury accidents move their vehicles out of the way either to the nearest exit or to another safe area.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reminds motorists that Law Enforcement should be notified if:

* There are injuries;
* A vehicle cannot be moved;
* One of the drivers appears to be intoxicated;
* Damage exceeds $1,000;
* One of the drivers has no insurance; or
* One of the drivers leaves the scene of the crash.

Motorists in violation of these laws will receive a warning until June 30, 2010. After that date up to a $60 fine may be assessed to motorists in violation.

More information can be found by visiting: www.kansashighwaypatrol.org.

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